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My Three Sons: Season 1, Vol. 1

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MY THREE SONS is a delightful slice-of-life comedy about the American family. The series chronicles the life of the Douglas family; a seemingly simple premise that was a huge hit with audiences and a keystone of the TV family lineup in the '60s. Fred MacMurray delivers a standout portrayal as Steve Douglas, an aeronautical engineer and widower raising his three sons alone. Join the Douglas family in Season One, Volume One as Steve guides his oldest son Mike (Tim Considine) through college, Robbie (Don Grady) through those tumultuous high-school years and youngest son Chip (Stanley Livingston) through adolescence. Wrangling this rambunctious group is a fulltime job; and that's where Grandpa "Bub" (William Frawley) comes in. Being the cook, the nanny and the housekeeper to three growing boys isn't easy, as BUb quickly finds out! Loaded with laughs, this first volume of Season One will let you relive one of the all-time longest running classic comedy series in television history!


When one thinks of cutting edge television, My Three Sons does not immediately leap to mind, but this beloved Boomer-era staple (it ran for 12 seasons, which, for a family sitcom, is second in longevity only to The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet) broke the nuclear family mold. Fred MacMurray's Steve Douglas was a widower, raising his titular brood--college-bound Mike (Tim Considine), middle son Robbie (Don Grady), and youngest son Chip (Stanley Livingston)--with the help of his gruff, but soft-hearted father-in-law, Bub (William Frawley). In the first episode, when a door-to-door cosmetics salesman asks to see the woman of the house, Bub laughs, "Boy, do you have the wrong house." Also not par for the sitcom course is the avant-garde use of sound effects. In one episode, sibling rivalry over a girl results in a "cold war" between Mike and Robbie. Their dinner table sniping as Steve tries to broker peace is punctuated by the sounds of guns firing and bombs exploding. Which is to say that My Three Sons has aged nicely, and has much to offer beyond nostalgia. No offense to the great William Demarest, who replaced an ailing Frawley in 1965, but the series' "Bub" years were the best. Save for the episode in which comedian George Gobel is a guest at the house, the situations are grounded in reality, and the writing often surprises with twists that subvert sitcom convention and stereotypes. "Countdown" cleverly unfolds in real time as the family's Monday morning routine plays out against a televised satellite launch. In another episode, a fraternity rejects Mike, not because they are snobs (the usual sitcom portrayal), but because they believe Mike isn't serious enough about his education. Some episodes simply bring home the laughs, as in "The Little Ragpicker," in which a realistic looking dummy causes a new neighbor to think the worst about the Douglases. But there is genuine pathos in "Bub in the Ointment," in which Bub's "Irish temper" and lack of tact embarrass the kids, until Steve reminds Mike of the sacrifices Bub made to move in with the family after his daughter died. The boys talk, act, and fight like brothers, and Steve, while a pipe-puffing fount of sage fatherly advice, is sometimes at a loss, and is allowed to be testy and impatient with his "wild bunch." The split season is unfortunate, but these inaugural 18 episodes are a healthy serving for those who want a taste of this iconic series. --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, William Demarest, William Frawley, Don Grady, John Howard
  • Directors: Earl Bellamy, Frederick De Cordova, James V. Kern, Gene Reynolds, James Sheldon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JOEB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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NOTE: I had originally written this review before I was aware that CBS/Paramount was altering their product through entire music score replacements and so on. As much as I love programs like "My Three Sons," I can't see the justification for such decisions as split-season releases or soundtrack altering. My five-star rating was originally for the show, not the product, and it can not be changed. That being said:
The color episodes of this show were good too, but the episodes we prefer to watch are the black & white episodes with Mike (Steve's oldest son) and Bub (the boys' grandfather - Steve's father-in-law). It was a very different show, with such plots as Steve's neighbor wanting to take a pleasant Sunday drive with his wife and daughter, but ending up hoodwinked into taking Steve's car and about a dozen others with them; or Bub losing Chip's frog that he was going to use for show and tell. There was an episode where Rob was reading detective novels and became convinced that someone was following him. Another episode had Mike taking an umbrella stand made from a hippopotamus foot to his fraternity house where they used it so as to make it appear as though a giant beast walked into a nearby lake and never came out. One episode took place on the morning that daylight saving time ended, and Bub turned the clocks ahead instead of back, forcing a tired crew to roll out 2 hours early. The whole episode was staged to the narration of a NASA public info film that Chip was watching on TV.
Some of what makes these episodes important is the way we see Chip and Ernie develop a close friendship prior to the 1965 adoption episode. These earlier episodes make that particular one more weighty and understandable.
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Never in the relatively brief history of the DVD has there been such a prime example of a greedy, short sighted, narcissistic, indifferent QA/QC and downright mean spirited entity such as CBS/Paramount.

At a time when family income is stretched, CBS/Paramount dangles classic American TV treasures before the eyes of the very core fans of the product; baby boomer families (AND their greatest generation parents; those fortunate to have them still) and now Gen X & Y's are finding series like 'My Three Sons' quite refreshing. The media offered? Exorbitantly priced half season sets, sets with music altered or completely replaced, grainy transfers full of artifactual trash, sets with edited footage & missing laugh tracks and so on.

We as consumers must enjoin CBS/Paramount to realize that the American consumer ever so hungry for the media offered will just take but so much abuse before "Just Saying NO"!

This offering of My Three Sons: The First Season, Vol. 1, (a perfect classic American TV treasure) at ~$1.50 per a 25 minute episode is a direct finger in the eye of a huge consumer demographic. CBS/Paramount, I know you have heard our voices; but you don't care enough to be listen!
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I loved this show and have very fond memories watching it as i was a child growing up. I give it a one star because of the dvd product not the show it's self. After all we are rating both the show and the actual dvd product here on Amazon.

Once again, Paramount turns to pure greed tactics to gain hefty profits while giving little to no concern about the consumer. With a show having 12 seasons you could spend an astronomical amount to own this series if most or all of the seasons are offered as split seasons. It's only a half hour show for Pete's sake.

So i will have to pass on owning My Three Sons and that greatly disappoints me.

Shame on you Paramount!!!!!
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THANK YOU to all who took the time to give honest reviews-especially those that were rated lowest (which I always read first). I actually had My Three Sons Season 1-Vol 1&2 in my cart and ready to check out when I noticed they weren't really rated that high-so I checked them out. I've been wanting these DVDs and was ready to purchase because they're now a little more reasonably priced-but when I read that Paramount had CHANGED the music (the MUSIC?!?!?) on, of all things, this show with the easily recognizable saxophone-that-made-you-smile-'cause-you-knew-what-was-on-TV....well, I don't know WHAT they were thinking....(better question-WERE THEY THINKING???)
I'm beginning to wonder who is behind all of the big studios compilation and release of the classic TV DVDs-they need to remember THE PEOPLE THAT BUY THESE RELEASES BUY THEM FOR THE ORIGIONAL CONTENT-ALL OF IT!!!!!
Times are tough-money's tight-I'm gonna spend mine on the best releases and these reviews help me determine which ones they are-TAKE HEED Paramount and all you other studios!!!!!!!
(fyi-I didn't purchase these-I'll just keep watching the re-runs on Familynet TV).
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SHAME ON YOU Paramount!!! What's the idea of cheating us with Vol 1 of MY THREE SONS when it is only a 1/2 hr show??? Throw the season in one volume only and charge a little more. You have many customers who want all 12 seasons of this beloved show, but in COMPLETE SEASONS only. Reconsider before you lose me and many more as a sure customer of this show.
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